AMMAN — A minor fire that erupted in the control room of an Amman hotel late Friday night was caused by a short circuit, a Civil Defence Department (CDD) official said on Saturday.

The fire, which started at 11:40pm in the control room of the InterContinental Hotel, located at the Third Circle, was immediately brought under control by hotel staff and CDD personnel, the CDD official said.

The hotel guests were evacuated for around 15 minutes as a precautionary measure, “because of the heavy smoke emitted from the control room”, the official added.

“Our investigation committee concluded that a short circuit caused the fire,” the CDD official told The Jordan Times, adding that no one was injured in the incident.

Meanwhile, InterContinental Jordan issued a statement on Friday’s incident.

"Last night a minor incident occurred when a small fire started in a contained area in the hotel," said the statement, which was e-mailed to The Jordan Times.

“Our teams are trained for such events and were able to extinguish the fire very quickly,” the statement added.

“The safety of our guests is paramount so as per our safety procedures we also temporarily evacuated the building... We are pleased to report that no one was hurt and no damage has been done to the building. We are now conducting an investigation into the cause of the incident."